Cal Rings In ’22 Against Arizona State
BERKELEY – The California men's basketball team will open the New Year and the bulk of its Pac-12 slate when it hosts Arizona State at 4 p.m. PT on Sunday, Jan. 2 in Haas Pavilion. The game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.
Cal and Arizona State rescheduled their Jan. 19 contest to Sunday after both teams' original opponents were unavailable to play this weekend due to COVID-19 protocols. The Golden Bears (8-5, 1-1 Pac-12) were originally scheduled to play at Stanford on Sunday while the Sun Devils (5-7, 1-1) were slated to play at USC (Dec. 30) and UCLA (Jan. 1).
Cal, which last played in a 73-53 win over Pacific on Dec. 22, has won four straight games and eight in a row at home heading into Sunday. The Sun Devils are 3-2 since the start of December, including a home loss to Washington State and a win at Oregon.
Tickets that were purchased for the original Cal-ASU game on Jan. 19 will remain valid for this Sunday's contest. Fans can contact the Cal Ticket Office at 1-800-GOBEARS and firstname.lastname@example.org with further questions regarding Sunday's game. All fans 12 and older attending the game will be required to show proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination and a photo ID prior to entry.
- Date & Time: Sunday, Jan. 2 | 4 p.m. PT
- Watch: Pac-12 Networks | Ted Robinson (PxP) & Don MacLean (Analyst)
- Listen: KGO 810 AM | Rich Cellini (PxP) & Todd McKim (Analyst)
- Live Stats: StatBroadcast
- Cal's eight-game home win streak is tied for its longest since winning eight in a row from Feb. 28-Dec. 11, 2019.
- The Bears have lost seven straight games to Arizona State since Jan. 20, 2018.
- Grant Anticevich was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for Dec. 20-26 after scoring a career-high 25 points with seven 3-pointers and 11 rebounds in a win against Pacific. The seven 3-pointers are the most in a single game by a Pac-12 player this season.
- Cal has clamped down on defense, holding 11 of its 13 opponents below their average field-goal percentage this season. Among Pac-12 teams, Cal is second in scoring defense (62.5 points per game) and fourth in 3-point field-goal defense (30.8%).
- The Bears are 6-1 since Thanksgiving with their lone loss coming at Utah on Dec. 5.
- The Bears have outrebounded their last six opponents by a combined 66 rebounds, including a margin of +12 or better in four of those six contests. Cal is 24th nationally and third in the Pac-12 with 29.15 defensive rebounds per game. Andre Kelly (6.85 defensive rebounds per game) and Anticevich (6.69) are first and third in the Pac-12 in defensive rebounding.
- Seven different Bears have pulled down at least six rebounds in a game this season. Kelly and Anticevich have five games with 10+ boards.
- Jordan Shepherd is averaging 19.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in Pac-12 play. He scored 25 in a Dec. 2 win over Oregon State.
- Andre Kelly has five double-doubles this season and is among Pac-12 leaders in rebounds per game (8.9, second), field-goal percentage (60.3%, third) and points per game (14.8, seventh). He went for 20 points and 13 rebounds in Cal's Pac-12 opener vs. OSU.
Cal will host No. 7 (AP) USC at 8 p.m. PT on Thursday, Jan. 6 in Berkeley. The game will be broadcast on FS1.
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